Cost Considerations and Financing Mechanisms for the Disposal of Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste

IAEA TECDOC No. 1552

Subject Classification: 0804-Waste management

English IAEA-TECDOC-1552; (ISBN:92-0-104107-1); 48 pp.; € 15.00; Date Published: 2007

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The overall objective of this publication is to provide Member States who are currently planning or preparing new near surface repositories for low and intermediate level radioactive waste (LILW), guidance on cost considerations and funding mechanisms for the repositories' entire life cycle. The report focuses on both technical and non-technical factors affecting repository costs. It considers the major cost elements that comprise a cost evaluation for a disposal facility for LILW and identifies those factors which may result in major uncertainties in an overall cost estimate. In particular, the report lists the basic disposal options and summarizes the legal basis and infrastructure requirements for establishing an effective financing system. It further includes the cost estimation methodology, considers the major cost categories and discusses factors to be considered when planning the financing mechanism, and describes relevant financing schemes.

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